by Nicky Pasi
On November 19th, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources unanimously passed Senator Cantwell’s Senate Bill 1694 which, if signed into law, will authorize federal involvement in implementing the first ten years of the Yakima Plan. The next step in this process? A companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Representatives Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and Dave Reichert (WA-08), who have long supported the Yakima Plan, hope to introduce such legislation before the end of the year.
Representative Newhouse meets with the YBIP Workgroup Executive Committee (photo credit: Tim Hill, Dept. of Ecology)
Yesterday (November 24th), in a roundtable press event in Yakima, Representative Newhouse met with members of the Yakima Plan Workgroup’s Executive Committee to discuss the collaborative process that brought them all to this point, and the Plan’s importance as a model of integrated water and ecosystem management. With discussion of west-wide droughts echoing around DC, Rep. Newhouse applauded the committee members for getting a head start on bringing forward a workable solution.
“On the eve of introducing our legislation in the House,” Rep. Newhouse said, “This is an important meeting for us to hear final comments or continuing comments about where we are, where we need to be, and some of the challenges we still face.” (more…)